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Friday, May 15, 2009

Fast & Frugal Friday: Year Round Thankgiving Dinner

Raise your hands if you love having all your favorite components of Thanksgiving dinner on more than one day a year? Now, raise your hands if you love all the time, money and energy to make all of it more than one day a year? I hear crickets.....I have a solution. As many of you know from yesterday's post, I entered a StoveTop challenge however you do not know the criteria and how I came up with the recipe so I thought I would fill you in. Here were the criteria:
a.) Cost-saving
b.) One-dish using STOVE TOP
c.) Feed 4 under $10
d.) Provide an essay (in 100 words or less) that explains why you and your family enjoy the recipe.

Additional challenges for myself: Quick, Unique, Use items that anyone can get year round and a Complete meal. How did I do?

Also, I only found this contest the day before the deadline and spent the first day emailing questions to BlogHer/StoveTop and coming up with different ideas and pricing them out. I figured most people would go for chicken and beef so I thought fish and turkey. I then thought about some of our favorite meals during holidays and bam, Thanksgiving popped into my mind. Here is an excerpt from my essay:

"This recipe encompasses all of our favorite Thanksgiving foods: Turkey, Stuffing, Green Beans, Cranberries and Gravy and can be made under 30 minutes. A benefit of using Stove Top Stuffing is that all the seasonings we need are already in the mix. We also consider this recipe quite family friendly as kids love fun looking food so we made this meal into a roll-up. "

a.) If you have the time and money, round out this T-day meal, with a salad and some mashed potatoes.

b.) To save even more money, buy split turkey breasts and have the butcher debone it. With the money you save, you can buy fresh beans, potatoes and salad fixings.

Can you believe that I made this meal for 4 for $6.25!!!

For the recipe and to vote for Recipe #5, please follow this link. You can vote until 11:59 tonight!


Esme said...

Good luck

Judy said...

Looks good Jennifer! BTW thanks for posting my guest article the other day on the 100 calories.

Chow and Chatter said...

good luck wow thats cheap how did the eggplant go

Jennifer said...

Judy: thank you. I am going to email all of the guest bloggers later and properly gush all over you.

Chow: I will be making the eggplant on Sunday. Can't wait.

Sara said...

Looks great. Hope you win :) I voted two times.

Donna-FFW said...

Sounds like a winner to me. Best wishes!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with this competition!

Veronica said...

Good luck Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for voting for me at I looked around for an email address for you but couldn't find one on your page-did I miss it somewhere? I'm from CT. It's nice to meet another New England blogger!

Anonymous said...

Great recipe idea. The roll ups are a winner. said...

Good Luck!! I can't wait to hear that you've won! I voted and drooled...well done!

Tangled Noodle said...

This is a great dish - I think you hit all the criteria perfectly! It looks fantastic and who wouldn't love having Thanksgiving Dinner any time of the year?

Cucinista said...

Totally agree about Thanksgiving all year round. Why save it for one day? But great recipe for all the flavor and much less of the fuss.

Anonymous said...

good luck! I can't believe how cheap this was!

Nicole said...

This is so right up my family's alley:)~ Thanks Jennifer, we need more menus like these in these hard times.

Deal Fanatic said...

That looks scrumptious!! And I am lovin the price to make it!! Thanks for subscribing to me. I always come to your blog to drool!!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Good luck. Great ideas in this.
Keep us posted on the results.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Good luck, when will you find out?

Jennifer said...


Katherine: I figured I would hear immediately since it should be easy for a computer to generate the numebrs however, I re-read there 'rules' and it said all winners will be posted by June 5th. I can't wait!

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